New York begins government consolidation

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has created a Spending and Government Efficiency (SAGE) Commission to modernize the state’s government. The goals of the commission will be to improve performance, increase accountability and cut spending. The Commission was created as an item passed in the recent state budget and is the first such initiative since Governor Alfred E. Smith in 1927.

Governor Cuomo named Antonio M. Perez, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Eastman Kodak Company, to serve as Co-Chair of SAGE with Paul Francis, the Director of Agency Redesign and Efficiency. The commission is set to begin work on consolidating state posts with overlapping functions in order to streamline service delivery. The Commission will also be working with SUNY’s Rockefeller Institute, which received a grant the Rockefeller Foundation for the project and management consultants from McKinsey & Co. to redesign state government.

The Commission will conduct a comprehensive review of state government including its structures, operations and processes and will send final recommendations to the Governor by June 1, 2012.

“For decades, our state government has ballooned, evolving into the sprawling and inefficient bureaucracy we have today,” Governor Cuomo said. “It is time to consolidate the web of state agencies, authorities, and commissions that have overlapping functions and missions and to make the remaining ones perform better and more efficiently.”

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